Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Firm Convictions In Changing Circumstances



     I am very excited to be a part of something I feel is SO great. I am on a Launch Team for Candace Cameron Bure's new book Dancing Through Life.  Although she has done Hallmark movies and other acting projects, most everyone knows her as DJ Tanner from Full House.  She is a very talented actress, wonderful wife and mother, and above all a devoted Christian. She is also known for being on Dancing With The Stars.  Her new book is about her time on the show and how she held onto her faith and convictions on a reality show that is known for its sexy dances and skimpy costumes.
 
     I am thrilled to be on this team launching her new book because I am such a fan of hers, but on a personal level it is challenging me to think about my own convictions and how I express them. My son is the Youth Leader at our church and he goes over his lesson for Wednesday nights with me beforehand. I love the time with him and the excitement in his eyes about what he is going to discuss with the youth group. I love to see his love for the Lord and how much his faith means to him. I was struggling a little about how to get my words out for this post and his lesson gave me a clearer vision of what I was trying to say.

These are his verses for tonight:

Romans 12:9-13

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;  10  love one another with mutual affection, outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.  12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.  13. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Conviction:  a firmly held belief or opinion

Circumstances:  conditions at a certain time or place

     Going through my dad's illness the past two years has really put things in perspective.  I have to remind myself I am not in control. It is hard, but little insignificant stressors like not finding my car keys, or someone cutting me off in traffic, I try to let go. Gosh, you have to let the traffic thing go for safety, you could get shot, but I also have a better understanding that I might not know what someone else is dealing with.  With the car keys, maybe I was meant to get delayed a few minutes.  Not swearing while looking for them would be good also! The biggest thing comes from the verses above. We are supposed to show love, not hate. We should outdo each other in honor not on Facebook with what appears to be a perfect life, and to be good to strangers.  When you are good to a stranger it is genuine because you don't know enough about the person to have expectations of something in return.

     Our circumstances are constantly changing. We have control of some situations and no control over others.  Our convictions aren't supposed to be changing.  We should handle or react to our circumstances based on our firm foundation of convictions.

I am loving this book.  I have never been on a Launch Team before.  I saw Candace on The View recently where she firmly stood her ground and held onto her convictions in a tough situation.  When I saw she had this book and was getting together a team to help her launch it I couldn't apply fast enough!  I love hearing about the Dancing With The Stars experience, it is one of my favorite shows, but the Bible verses she uses while explaining how she not only got through the competition, but did very well while keeping true to herself is so very inspiring. 

What about you? How do you hold onto and express your convictions in this crazy, chaotic and ever changing world?


We can't always control our circumstances, but we can choose our response! ‪#‎ChooseJoy‬ ‪#‎DancingThroughLife‬ by Candace Cameron Bure

Dancing Through Life   (click on title to find on Amazon)







    


     
     

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What A Difference A Year Makes

    What a difference a year makes!  July 3rd, last year, my dad had his stem cell transplant.  He and my mom had weeks ahead of them of travelling to Atlanta first thing in the morning even on weekends to get him checked.  My dad is strong, no doubt, but my mom is too.  She got him up and left every morning with him and I know there were days he felt horrible and she was exhausted but she got him there.  He just had his year scan and appointment with the stem cell doctor and he is still in remission!  We know this stuff likes to be unpredictable and has a mind of its own, but we are so thankful this year they have a much different routine than this time last year.


    Last week, we celebrated my mom’s birthday and my brotherin law’s birthday.  I have scratched out the in law part because me and my sister and brother grew up with her husband and brother so he is more like my brother than in law.  He has stepped in for my kids and is a great uncle but has been there for them in any way they need him.  He and my sister have 5 kids ages 4-13 so any time he takes with mine is more than appreciated! Harrison and my mom have shared years of birthdays but there was something very sweet about this one!

My beautiful mom!  She is sitting next to her mom and dad.





 


My handsome brother in law!



 
    Life is hard. The ONLY way I can imagine getting through it is with my faith in God. There simply is no other way for me.  When things happen to people, they either grow in their faith or go away from God.  I look at it this way, take a rubber band and pull it.  The further away you pull the weaker it gets, ends become frayed, and eventually it breaks.  The further you pull away from God the weaker you become, your “being” is frayed and eventually you break.  The closer we stay to God the fuller our lives are, the stronger we are, and we are so useful in so many ways.

    I know my family isn’t in the clear, we will have to face many things, but our growth in our faith and as a family has us much better prepared.

    My sister did a great job getting the cake!  My mom wanted to be called grandmother.  My youngest, he is 16, started calling her GaGa until he could say grandmother.  It kind of stuck and the 8 kids after him have called her that and Grandmother.  It is funny because my son started it way before Lady Gaga!  



 
 
 
 
This is my idea of the icing on top of the cake.  My sweet dad laughing with my nieces.  He calls them Thelma and Louise.  That isn't their names but that is another post!
 
It is his "new" birthday too. His original birthday is in August.  He just started his childhood vaccinations all over again, so I think he deserves 2 birthdays a year!